Sunday, March 29, 2009

eBay is Shoplifting Free

I had to laugh this weekend as my friend Louise, aka: Herbs-Crafts-Gifts made a comment that I loved:
"In eBay you don't have to worry about shoplifting!"

Is that COOL or what?

As sellers on eBay vs. selling at the flea market or a brick-and-mortar store, there are always a couple shoplifters helping themselves to a few items here and there. Many times at the end of the day while unpacking the van, I could recall items missing.

I can remember chasing a guy through the flea market once in Chicago when he lifted something off my table. Then as I was running after him I was thinking at the same time, "What the heck am I going to do if I catch him?"

I mean really, I'm not wonder woman or anything.
I did have some Karate in college but he could hurt me, geeesh!

Once I realized that I stopped chasing him. It was not worth a few bucks lost vs. risking my life.

Louise was right on about her comment.

Think about it ............
No one can reach into our virtual shelves and run off with our eBay items!

Well, I may feel like it sometimes when an item slips through the cracks for 99 cents,, lol
But 99 cents is still better than a chase through the store isles!


Auction Guys said...

That is a great way to look at selling on eBay. Very little downside to selling on eBay

Anonymous said...

I keep hearing one or the other seller frustrated from eBay because they pulled their auction listing. It is very easy to violate an eBay listing guideline without knowing, the first you’ll learn about it is when you receive an email from eBay.

niamh said...

if you think that $0.99 is a bit of a robbery, how about that 8.75% cost of the sale plus the 2% paypal tax.

Danna Crawford said...

Thanks Auction Guys for the support! I am following your blog as well!!!

Hello Aileen,
I know how frustrating it can be when that happens "ouch" for sure... But when an item has a VERO issue eBay is only doing their job by pulling the item AT THE REQUEST of the VERO holder.
When in doubt with a listing, be sure to check this page first:

Hi Niamh, I hear ya loud and clear my friend! They can add up but those fees are NOTHING compared to leasing a building or renting a spot. Still have to pay sales tax on top of that anyhow. Can't get around that on a local level or an eBay level with new items and sales tax. Must take that one up with Uncle Sam not eBay!

Anyhow, bottom line, its STILL cheaper to sell on eBay then have a local brick building store!!!


Mary Avent said...

I laughed when I read this post. I too have had a similiar situation at a flea market here in Memphis. Although, eBay has its fees that we have to pay,we won't lose products to shoplifters, which is a big issue at our local flea markets here.